"At some point, scientists will have to declare that it’s game over for the 2°C target," says Oliver Geden, a climate policy analyst at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs. "But they haven’t yet. Because nobody knows what will happen if they call this thing off." The 2°C target was one of the few things that everyone at global climate talks could agree on. If the goal turns out to be impossible, people might just stop trying altogether. Recently, then, some scientists and policymakers have been taking a fresh look at whether the 2°C limit is still the best way to think about climate change. Is this simple goal actually making it harder to prepare for the warming that lies ahead? Is it time to consider other approaches to climate policy? And if 2°C really is so dangerous, what do we do when it’s out of reach?
Since preventing 2°C of warming is unlikely at this point, policy should focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to prevent global temperatures from rising much beyond that and adapting as best as possible to a significantly more chaotic climate. The important thing is not to sit around and wait for things to get even worse.
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